Domestic Rabbit

Domestic Rabbit                Oryctolagus cuniculus

Type of Animal:

Farms, houses, grassy areas


Many different breeds w/ many colorations such as brown, gray, black, golden, white, blue, spotted etc. Pointy ears on top of head, somewhat bushy tail.

Hay, greens, veggies, fruit, berries, grapes, rabbit pellets, leaves, alfalfa, herbs, grasses, grains, roots, tubers, cecotropes (their own night droppings)

Status in Wild:

Breeding from farms & private breeders. Bred for meat, wool, fur & pet trade.

Usually kept in groups.

Additional Info:


Male- 2-13 lbs
Female- 2.5-15 lbs
Young- 1.6-4.8 oz

1 month

0.6-1.5 ft

Body Length:
0.6-2 ft

Life Span:
6-8 years

Tail Length:
1.2-1.5 in

Main predators are canids, felids, snakes, large lizards, crocodilians, civets, badgers, wolverines, martens, quolls, Tasmanian devils, raptors, raccoons, bears, weasels, ferrets & mink. Opossums & roadrunners prey on kits.

While wild cousins found in rabbit warrens, each group has its own territory. Dominant male leads the warren.

Fun Fact(s):
They can jump 3′ or higher.

Rabbit droppings make great fertilizer.

Seeing a predator can scare a rabbit to death, literally.

Many breeds docile while other breeds can be somewhat unpredictable. Best to spay/neuter pet rabbits. Unspayed females have better than 80% chance of developing uterine/ovarian cancer by 3 years old. Intact individuals more unpredictable. Abused rabbits often bite.

They don’t do well in temperatures above 80 F & temperatures below 10 F.

They’re not rodents, they’re in the order Lagomorpha which consists of rabbits/hares.

In one 9-month breeding season, usually from February-October in N. Hemisphere/July-January in S. Hemisphere, single female can have up to 800 children, grandchildren, & great-grandchildren since kits weaned at 1 month. Females have 4-15 kits in each litter. Bucks sexually mature at 4 months, does at 3 months.

Rabbit meat lower in fat than chicken, pork & beef.

Buck teeth never stop growing.

Overwhelming number of unwanted rabbits given to animal shelters a year. Most have to be euthanized.

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